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3 Tips for Shedding the Baby Weight

Before the baby is born, you’re already obsessed with losing weight. Leading up the birth of your child, your weight is blooming and you’re more than ready to start watching that scale go down for once, instead of up. Losing the baby weight is still near the front of your mind after delivery, but your plans for pulling on the skinny jeans in six weeks might have already disappeared. Losing baby weight is tough for most of us, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Taking it slowly is actually one of the best ways to go.

Get the Right Mindset
There are always those women who seem to find their way back to naturally thin thanks to genetics more than anything else. Then there are those of us who seem to store weight for a coming famine even if we’re just easing crackers and carrots. But losing baby weight is a mind game to some degree. It took anywhere from six to nine months to gain as much weight as you did, and it will take some time for all of the weight to fall off again. And some will fall off by itself.

During the first two weeks after delivery, your body is going to be working hard to purge water and body fluids that you’ve stored up over the pregnancy. Now that your baby and the placenta are out, you can watch the scale drop even more astronomically each day as you sweat and pee out pounds of water. There will come a time, however, that the scale seems to level out and that is when the real work begins. Just remember, nine months on – nine months off.

Eat for Sustenance, Not Joy
You have a new baby to bring you joy, although the sleepless nights will bring you more than a bit of stress and frustration as well. If you’re an emotional eater, don’t let food become a balm during the more stressful times of new parenthood. Plan your meals to be nutritious and balanced for both your sake and the baby’s if you’re breastfeeding. Your body is a bit haywire coming off a pregnancy and feeding it the nutrition it craves should be more important than giving it cookies it seems to be crying for. If you can keep your healthy focus a few months longer, you’ll lose quite a bit of weight.

Exercise with Baby
A common problem for many mothers isn’t that they have tons of weight to lose after a month or two, but that they have mysterious inches in places they didn’t have extra weight before. Your midsection and hips are prime examples. You might never get a truly flat tummy back after babies, especially if you had a C-section or your stomach skin and muscles were stretched dramatically. You’ll need to focus on putting your abdominal muscles back in place which can take some time as well.

Even with this intense focus you might not be able to wear your old pants if your waist stays an inch or two larger. But even a narrow waist might be thwarted by your hips. During pregnancy your hip joints actually loosen to accommodate the birth of the baby. It takes months for your joints to go back to normal, or as normal as they will be. You might just wind up with a slightly different body shape including slightly wider hips for up to a year. If you exercise with your baby, however, by taking brisk walks and baby yoga, for example, you can repair much of the damage and lose inches while waiting for the scale to register the correct number again.

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